Ind. Supreme Court petitioned to reconsider thrown out Camm trial

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:18 PM

(WHAS11) - The Indiana Supreme Court has a new petition from Floyd County's prosecutor asking them to reconsider the ruling that threw out the second conviction of David Camm.

Camm was a state trooper in 2000 when prosecutors say he killed his wife and two children.

If the state's highest court denies the prosecutors' request the question is will they try David Camm a third time?

We found tonight that people are reacting to two things -- should taxpayers in Southern Indiana pay for a third trial, and an overturned conviction means Camm would be a free man, possibly living back in the area.

Twice found guilty of murdering his wife and children by a jury of his peers, and twice the Indiana Supreme Court has overturned David Camm's convictions.

The state supreme court says the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to argue that Camm molested his daughter.

But, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson disagrees, saying the defense had no objections and the argument was less than 3% of the trial.

"97% of that trial focused on other overwhelming evidence pointing to david Camm's guilt," said Keith Henderson.

If the Indiana Supreme Court disagrees with Henderson's petition, it's up to Henderson to decide whether to try Camm for a third time. And Floyd County residents would have to foot the bill.

"It's wasting tax payers money and I don't think we should pay for that. I don't think we should have to pay no more," said Charles Murrell.

"I think they ought to do whatever they can to get him underneath the jail," said Jackie Burton.

"It's just a horrible waste of money. Our tax money's been going into that forever now and I think it's kind of silly. We've already convicted him twice, we know he's done it, they've got the evidence," said Tyler Wright.

But we found it gives people pause when they realize without another trial, Camm could be a free man.

"I don't like that. I don't like that at all," said Murrell.

"I'd feel really wrong about that. Because socially speaking whenever things like that happen, there some form of riots, there would be a lot of people with really bad feelings about that," said Tyler Wright.

"I'm very much in favor. I'm willing to give them my entire check if they could do it," said Jackie Burton.

And what does Keith Henderson have to say about a third trial?

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," said Henderson.

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